The Lazarus Contract – A Titans story, teen and otherwise

The Lazarus Contract was a 4-part story involving the Titans, the Teen Titans, and Deathstroke.  Story and scripts by Dan Abnett, Benjamin Percy, and Christopher Priest.  Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Phil Hester, Khoi Pham, Wade Von Grawbadger, Roberto, Viacava, Carlo Pagulayan, Paul Pelletier, and Andrew Hennessy.

The story starts with a flashback as the Titans are taking on Ravager, Deathstroke’s son Grant.  During the battle, Ravager dies of an apparent heart attack.  Deathstroke carries him off vowing revenge.  There’s a jump to three days ago, where Deathstroke was in the hospital after a cornea transplant, because apparently he had been completely blind, or something.  (Notes say Deathstroke 12-18, I don’t read Deathstroke.)  He tells Wintergreen to get the jet ready to go to New York.

The Titans are fighting a group that looks like H.I.V.E., but isn’t.  They tell Nightwing that that Lazarus says the deal is off, but no one has any idea what that means.  During this, Wally disappears.  Jump to now, the Titans are searching for Wally,  Nightwing continues to deny that he knows any thing about Lazarus or a contract.  Omen is certain that he’s lying to her.  Meanwhile, Wally is stuck on a treadmill, being interrogated by a mystery voice that ends up being Deathstroke.  He tries to learn about Wally’s life in the time stream and in a different life.  Deathstroke says he has a deal for him.  He wants Wally to travel back in time to save his son.  If Wally does this, Deathstroke promises that he will give up being Deathstroke.  Wally declines this, because of time travel stuff, and Deathstroke shows he has a contingency plan.  He shows that he has the New52 Wally West from the Teen Titans.  (For simplicity, he shall be called Wally (TT).)  (more…)


On Ryan Choi

Before looking at the image included, did you have any idea who Ryan Choi was?  I didn’t either, and I have read books that he actually was in.  He was the successor to the identity of the Atom after Ray Palmer vanished at the close of Identity Crisis.  And we was recently killed off in an issue of Titans.  Now, I’d usually throw up a SPOILER warning there, but realistically, since you had no idea who Ryan Choi was, why would you care if he got killed or not?

Apparently, because he’s Asian.

That’s been word floating around the dorkosphere as outrage has been unleashed since Choi was skewered by Deathstroke. I decided to write this when I spotted this quote in an article on Topless Robot:

Ryan Choi is now dead, having died quickly and ignominiously in a Titans: Villians for Hire comic, because — and I’d like to quote Wikipedia, as found by my buddy Sean T. Collins — “he was not white enough for DC Comics.” Whether people are mad because DC killed off yet another non-white character to make room for a white one, that a major non-white character is killed as a minor note in a minor comic, that a Grant Morrison character that was genuinely interesting was murdered in a comic he should have had nothing to do with… I think it’s all of those things.

And I’m here to call BS on that crap.